2012 Faculty

Evening Speakers

Mr. Arthur Brooks

President, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Arthur came to AEI in early 2009 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy. He is the author of nine books and dozens of academic and popular articles and has appeared on many of the nation’s top-rated radio and television programs.

His writings are known for demolishing conventional wisdom about a wide range of topics from charitable giving to...

Mr. Eric Metaxas

Public Intellectual and Author

In a decidedly eclectic career, Eric Metaxas has written for Veggie Tales, served as writer and editor for Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint, and written for the New York Times. He is a best-selling author whose biographies, children’s books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into Albanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, and Macedonian. He is the founder and host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, a monthly event of entertaining and thought-provoking discussions on “life, God, and other small topics”...

Rev. Robert A. Sirico

President, Acton Institute

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute. Fr. Sirico serves on the staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of...

Mr. Mustafa Akyol

Columnist, Turkish Daily News

Mr. Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for the Turkish Daily News. He studied political science and history at Bosphorus University of Istanbul. His opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, The Weekly Standard and First Things. Akyol's recent book, Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, was published by W. W. Norton in August 2011.

Prof. Chris Armstrong

Professor of Church History, Bethel Seminary

Prof. Chris Armstrong came to Bethel from the managing editor’s chair at Christian History & Biography magazine, a publication of Christianity Today International. He continues to write for Christian History & Biography, Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and www.christianhistory.net. Armstrong’s research foci include religion and emotion, Christianity and literature, and the Christ-and-culture conversation. His doctoral work focused on the...

Mr. David Bahnsen

Managing Director, The Bahnsen Group

Mr. David Bahnsen, CFP®, works as a managing director at one of the premier Wall Street firms in the country where he provides financial planning and investment management services to individuals and families. He and his wife, Joleen, reside in Newport Beach, CA with their three children. He is an active board member of the Lincoln Club of Orange County where he serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Program Committee. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Dr. Art Laffer's California Recovery Project with the Pacific Research Institute. He also serves...

Dr. David Baker

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Ashland Theological Seminary

Dr. David Baker is Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, having studied at Temple University, University of Tel Aviv, Dropsie College, Regent College, Cambridge University, and the University of London. He has lectured in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Africa. David has authored/edited over 40 books, including Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. David and his wife also own two small businesses.

Dr. Jordan Ballor

Executive Editor, Journal of Markets & Morality

Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich) is a research fellow at the Acton Institute and serves as executive editor of the Journal of Markets & Morality. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012), and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as...

Dr. Peter Boettke

University Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Dr. Peter Boettke received his PhD in economics from George Mason University in 1989 and is currently a university professor of economics there. His fields are Austrian economics and Comparative Political Economy. Prior to his return in 1998, Dr. Boettke taught at New York University. He was also a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has edited or co-edited several volumes on Austrian Economics including: The Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics and The Market Process: Essays in Contemporary Austrian Economics and Market...

Dr. Anthony Bradley

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, The King's College

Dr. Anthony Bradley is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at The King’s College in New York City and serves as a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute. He is the author of Liberating Black Theology (2010), Black and Tired (2011), The Political Economy of Liberation (2012) and editor of Keep Your Head Up (2012). Dr. Bradley holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and has been featured on C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, and Fox News, among others.

Very Rev. Michael Butler

Archpriest, Orthodox Church of America

The Very Reverend Michael Butler is an Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America. He has a BA in psychology from the University of Dallas, an MA in theology from the University of Dallas, and a PhD in church history and patristics from Fordham University, where he wrote his dissertation on St Maximus the Confessor. He is an adjunct professor in the religion department of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, organized the Late Vocations Program for his Diocese and trains men for diaconal ministry. He has been a parish priest for 16 years.

Mr. Rodolpho Carrasco

United States Regional Facilitator, Partners Worldwide

Mr. Rodolpho Carrasco served for two decades in an incarnational urban youth ministry in the Los Angeles metro. His work in applying private charity principles among the urban poor has been covered by Christianity Today (Where Faith and Culture Meet DVD series) and the Heritage Foundation (Seek Social Justice DVD series). Articles by and about Carrasco have appeared in Discipleship Journal, Pasadena Star-News, and Outreach Magazine. He's an advisory board member of the Christian Community Development Association and a board member...

Dr. Alejandro Chafuen

President, Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Dr. Alejandro Chafuen, a native of Argentina, is president of Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Dr. Chafuen is a graduate of International College, where he received a Ph. D. in economics. He is also a trustee of the Acton Institute and author of Faith and Liberty: The Economic Thought of the Late Scholastics.

Dr. Victor Claar

Professor of Economics, Henderson State University

Victor V. Claar, Ph.D., is professor of economics at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he teaches courses in economics to undergraduates and graduates. He recently was a Fulbright Scholar at the American University of Armenia—a landlocked country at the intersection of Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran—where he conducted research and gave lectures to graduate students.

Professor Claar has a long, impressive record of publications, including his influential book, Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and...

Rev. Raymond de Souza

Chaplain & Adjunct Professor, Newman House at Queen's University

Rev. Raymond de Souza is the Chaplain of the Newman House at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he is also an adjunct professor in the economics department. Prior to attending seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, he studied economics at Queen’s, in Manila, Philippines, and at the University of Cambridge. He serves as editor of Acton’s Religion and Liberty and is a regular columnist for Canada’s National Post.

Prof. Ross Emmett

Professor, Michigan State University and Co-Director, College's Michigan Center for Innovation & Economic Prosperity

Prof. Ross B. Emmett, IMBA, Ph.D., is a professor in James Madison College at Michigan State University and co-director of the College’s Michigan Center for Innovation & Economic Prosperity. His teaching deals with the central question of comparative economic governance: what is the relationship between basic economic institutions and their legal, cultural, political and moral contexts? His research concerns both the history of how modern societies have answered that question, and how today’s answers affect liberty, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Edward Ericson

English Professor Emeritus, Calvin College

Dr. Edward Ericson is a former professor of English at Calvin College, where he taught for twenty-six years. Prior to Calvin he taught at Hope College and at Westmont College.  Dr. Ericson is a former national fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Dr. Todd Flanders

Headmaster, Providence Academy

Dr. Todd Flanders has served as headmaster of Providence Academy since its inception in 2000. He holds a BA with a concentration in political philosophy from the University of Chicago, an MA in history from Truman State University, and a Ph.D. in theology from Boston College. He has taught history and theology in both college and high school, co-founded a residential college program and served as director of career services at Truman State, and was director of educational programming at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty before coming to Providence...

Dr. Greg Forster

Program Director, Faith, Work and Economics, Kern Family Foundation

Dr. Greg Forster is a program director at the Kern Family Foundation, where he directs the Oikonomia Network, a national learning community of evangelical seminaries that equips pastors with a theological understanding of faith, work, and economics. He is also the editor of Hang Together, a group blog on religion, politics and national identity; a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; the author of six books and numerous articles in both academic and popular publications; and a regular contributor to online sources including The Gospel...

Mr. Dave Genzink

Director of Operations, Partners WorldWide

After being raised in Holland Michigan, Mr. Dave Genzink graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Engineering and later from Aquinas College with a Masters degree in Management. Dave together with his wife Deb worked in Community Development in Haiti for five years and then helped Haitians adjust to their new country in South Florida in the early 80s. After spending 15 years in management at Genzink Steel, Dave joined Partners Worldwide in 2003 as Director of Operations. Dave’s passion is facilitating entrepreneurial solutions to poverty.

Dr. Kenneth Grasso

Professor of Political Science, Southwest Texas State University

Dr. Kenneth L. Grasso is professor of political science at Texas State University.  He has written extensively on Catholic social thought, the liberal tradition, and democratic theory.   He has edited several books including Catholicism, Liberalism and Communitarianism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), Catholicism and Religious Freedom:  Contemporary Reflections on Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Liberty (Sheed & Ward, 2006), and Rethinking Rights:  Historical, Political, and Philosophical Perspectives...

Mr. Peter Greer

President and CEO, HOPE International

Peter Greer is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global nonprofit focused on Christ-centered job creation, savings mobilization, and financial training. HOPE targets challenging and underserved areas, such as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti. Under Peter’s leadership, HOPE has expanded its network from three to 16 countries and now serves over 500,000 active clients. 

Formerly employed by World Relief as a microfinance advisor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he later managed Urewgo, which was recognized as the “best...

Dr. Samuel Gregg

Director of Research, Acton Institute

Dr. Samuel Gregg is Research Director at Acton Institute. He has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, ethics in finance, and natural law theory. He has an MA in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar. He is the author of several books, including On Ordered Liberty, The Commercial Society, The Modern Papacy, Wilhelm Röpke...

Very Rev. Paul Hartmann

President, Catholic Memorial H.S. & Judicial Vicar, Metropolitan Tribunal, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Very Rev. Paul Hartmann is the Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal, Archdiocese of Milwaukee and president of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. He holds a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America, and received his M.Div from St. Francis Seminary. The focus of much of his current research and writing has been the theology and structure of marriage, canonical penal procedures, and constitutional law.

Mr. Ismael Hernandez

Founder, Freedom & Virtue Institute

Mr. Ismael Hernandez is the founder of the Freedom & Virtue Institute. He grew up in Puerto Rico as the son of a committed Marxist and a founding member of the Socialist Party. Ismael was a communist while studying at the University of Puerto Rico and active in the Socialist Party. When he came to America to attend graduate school, his experiences began to slowly shatter his preconceived notions about this country. He was embraced by Americans and given opportunities he could never have imagined. He began to read writings of and about America’s Founding Fathers...

Dr. Peter Heslam

Director, Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative, University of Oxford; Director, Transforming Business, University of Cambridge

Dr. Peter Heslam is director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at the University of Oxford and of Transforming Business at the University of Cambridge. His main research focus is the nexus of business, faith and development. His academic background includes social science, history, ethics and theology and he holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge. Before his current appointments, Peter was director of the Capitalism Project at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, the convenor of JustShare (a consortium of twenty development agencies), and an...

Mr. Kishore Jayabalan

Director, Istituto Acton

Mr. Kishore Jayabalan is director of Istituto Acton in Rome. He organizes the institute’s educational and outreach efforts in Europe. He has worked as an international economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was appointed to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, and worked for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Rev. Gregory Jensen

Orthodox Chaplain, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Reverend Gregory Jensen is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington DC (Orthodox Church in America). He has a BA in psychology from the University of Dallas, an MA in theology from the University of Dallas, and a PhD in spirituality and spiritual formation from Duquesne University’s Institute of Formative Spirituality. His dissertation was a phenomenological analysis of communion in Liturgy. He is currently the Orthodox Chaplain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. John Lunn

Robert W. Haack Professor of Economics, Hope College

Dr. John Lunn is the Robert W. Haack Professor of Economics at Hope College. He earned his doctorate at the University of California at Los Angeles, specializing in industrial organization and international trade. Dr. Lunn has been published in a number of economics journals, including European Economic Review, Southern Economic Journal, and The Journal of Legal Studies, as well as scholarly journals that focus on faith and economics, including Christian Scholars’ Review, Faith & Economics, and Markets and Morality...

Mr. Michael Matheson Miller

Research Fellow, Acton Institute

 

Michael Matheson Miller is research fellow at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in the Washington Times, The Detroit News, The LA Daily News, and Real Clear Politics.  He is the Director and Host of the PovertyCure DVD Series...

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Founder & President, Ruth Institute

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is founder and president of the Ruth Institute. Dr. Morse was selected one of the nine top Catholics of the Year in 2013. She discovered an assumption made by Adam Smith, the founder of modern-day economics. Smith took for granted that somehow helpless children grow into functioning adults capable of making contracts, keeping promises and having empathy for others. In other words, she discovered that the economy depends on the intact family raising children. Religious thinkers and ordinary moms and dads knew this all along, but Dr. Morse...

Ms. Anielka M√ľnkel

Project Manager, Acton Institute

Ms. Anielka Münkel is a project manager at the Acton Institute and co-producer of the PovertyCure DVD Series. A native and citizen of Nicaragua, she served as advisor to the minister of tourism, promoting Nicaragua as a tourism and investment destination. She collaborated on speeches for former President Enrique Bolaños and negotiated investment opportunities with international corporations. Previously, she served as coordinator of the Government Investor Network (GIN) at PRONicaragua, the Investment Promotion Agency of the Presidency, and presented the...

Mr. Michael Novak

Public Intellectual and Author

Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, Michael Novak was the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and is currently Visiting Professor and Trustee at Ave Maria University in Florida. He is the 1994 recipient of the million-dollar Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Mr. Novak has written numerous influential books on economics, philosophy, and theology. His masterpiece, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, was published underground in...

Dr. John Pinheiro

Professor of History & Director of Catholic Studies, Aquinas College

Dr. John Pinheiro is professor of history and director of Catholic Studies at Aquinas College, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Pinheiro co-edited volume 12 of the Presidential Series of the Papers of George Washington and is the author of Manifest Ambition: James K. Polk and Civil-Military Relations during the Mexican War. Consulting Editor on the Polk presidency for the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, his publications also include articles on the early American republic in...

Dr. Scott Rae

Professor & Chair of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Biola University

Dr. Scott Rae is a professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics as well as the chair of that department at Biola University. Dr. Rae's primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 6 books and his work has appeared in several publications. Dr. Rae is a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals and a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and the Wilberforce Forum.

Dr. Jay Richards

Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., serves as senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and is author of The New York Times bestselling books Infiltrated and Indivisible and author of Money, Greed, and God, which won a Templeton Enterprise Award in 2010.

He is also executive producer of several television documentaries, including The Call of the Entrepreneur and The Birth of Freedom.

Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Washington Post...

Dr. Shawn Ritenour

Professor of Economics, Grove City College

Dr. Shawn Ritenour is professor of economics at Grove City College. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University. Before coming to Grove City College, Ritenour held the Ruby Letsch-Roderique Chair of Economics at Southwest Baptist University. He contributed to A Noble Calling and Great Austrian Economists, and his work has appeared in The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, The Areopagus Journal, The Wall Street Journal,...

Prof. Carroll Rios de Rodriguez

Professor and President of the Board of Trustees, Universidad Francisco Marroquin

Prof. Carroll Ríos de Rodríguez teaches Public Choice theory and development economics and serves as president of the Board of Trustees at Francisco Marroquín University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economics and Social Research Center (CEES), the Family, Development and Population Association (FADEP), and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Rodríguez writes a weekly column for Siglo Veintiuno, and her articles appear in Perfiles Liberales, Regulation Magazine and The Wall Street...

Dr. Kevin Schmiesing

Research Fellow, Acton Institute

Kevin Schmiesing (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is a research fellow at the Acton Institute. He has written two books on American Catholic intellectual history, as well as dozens of reviews, articles, and popular pieces in the fields of Catholic social teaching, Church history, and the history of religion and economics. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Catholic Social Science Review and is a regular guest on the Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN global satellite radio.

Rev. Dan Scott

Senior Pastor, Christ Church in Nashville, TN

Rev. Dan Scott, born in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, has experienced divergent spiritual influences in his life. In the spiritual life of his childhood, he experienced the strengths of African-American and Appalachian White Pentecostal worship. In early adulthood, his beliefs were further enriched through his missionary work in Latin America, and among French-Canadian and Haitian people in Quebec.

Raised as a Pentecostal, Pastor Scott found his spiritual life expanded through his studies and his growing ties to Christians of all denominations. The...

Dr. Herman Selderhuis

Director, Refo500

Dr. Herman J. Selderhuis is professor of Church History at the Theological University Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) and director of Refo500, the international platform on projects relating to the 16th Century. He is the author and editor of several books, including John Calvin- A Piligrim’s Life (2009). Among his other functions are president of the International Calvin Congress and Curator of Research at the John A Lasco Library (Emden, Germany).

Dr. Charles Self

Associate Professor, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Dr. Charles Self is an Associate Professor of Church History at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Prior to his joining the faculty at AGTS, he served for 30 years in various pastoral roles—including senior pastor—and concurrently taught for 28 years at the following schools: Bethany University, AGTS (adjunct), Western Seminary (adjunct), George Fox University and Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium. Besides church history courses, he has taught theology, philosophy, ethics, apologetics, leadership and ministry. Dr. Self has also...

Dr. Amy Sherman

Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Faith in Communities, Sagamore Institute

Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research and author of six books, most recently Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (IVP, 2011). Her articles have appeared in such publications as Christianity Today, First Things, The Public Interest, Policy Review, Philanthropy, and Books & Culture. Her undergraduate degree is from Messiah College (political science, 1987) and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia (international economic development, 1994...

Mr. John Stonestreet

Speaker and Fellow, Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview

John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools, and other various gatherings each year.

John is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of Breakpoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of the Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues.  He also serves...

Mr. Jeffrey Tucker

Founder and CEO, Liberty.me

Jeffrey Tucker is founder and CEO of Liberty.me, distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, executive editor of Laissez Faire Books, and research fellow of the Acton Institute. He is the founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, serves as economic consultant to the podcast Let’s Talk Bitcoin, and writes a fortnightly column for The Freeman and Crisis Magazine. He is author of Bourbon for BreakfastIt’s a Jetson’s World, and A Beautiful Anarchy, and...

Mr. Andreas Widmer

Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, The Catholic University of America

Andreas Widmer is Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University of America and President of The Carpenter’s Fund. He was previously the co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invested in original research, books, and films to further enterprise solutions to poverty.

He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope John Paul II and refined during his...

Prof. W. Bradford Wilcox

Director, National Marriage Project and Associate Professor, University of Virginia

Prof. W. Bradford Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project and serves as an associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. He is also a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. Mr. Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage, parenthood, cohabitation, and on the ways that gender, religion, and children influence the quality and stability of American marriages and family life. He has published articles on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, and fatherhood. Mr. Wilcox received the Best Graduate Paper Award...

Dr. Kent Wilson

Chair, Executive Coach, Vistage International

Dr. Kent Wilson is a business practitioner and leadership specialist. After running for-profit and nonprofit companies for 30 years, he now mentors and coaches CEOs as an executive coach with Vistage International and the Nonprofit Leadership Exchange in Colorado Springs. He received his doctorate from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in Steward Leadership, and teaches entrepreneurial business skills internationally as a volunteer trainer for three international business-as-mission organizations.

Dr. Jonathan Witt

Research Fellow & Writer, Acton Institute

Dr. Jonathan Witt is the author, with Jay W. Richards, of the forthcoming Ignatius Press book The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is also the lead writer for the PovertyCure initiative, and associate producer and lead script writer for the PovertyCure DVD Series. Besides his work on this and two other Acton DVD series, he provided scripting work for Acton’s upcoming poverty documentary and wrote scripts for three documentaries that appeared on PBS, including...